I am
Clinical guidelines and position statements
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Clinical guidelines and position statements

We have developed a range of resources for you to use as part of routine care.

Key takeaways

  • We support healthcare professionals in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease.
  • The Heart Foundation develops evidence-based clinical guidelines, tools and resources, including fact sheets and webinars.
  • Our resources can be used in your daily practice to support your patients who are at risk of, or living with, cardiovascular disease.
4 min read

Healthcare professionals play an essential role in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of cardiovascular disease. Our evidence-based guidelines, tools and resources support you to provide best practice cardiovascular care to your patients.

Clinical guidelines 

The Heart Foundation, often in partnership with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ), develops high quality, evidence-based clinical guidelines for a range of cardiovascular conditions.

Our guidelines are co-developed with healthcare professionals and consumers to ensure the guidance is relevant and meets the needs of the Australian community.


Find links to our published guidelines, and relevant tools and resources, below.

2020  Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) - (Guideline developed by RHD Australia and shared with permission) 

2018  Heart failure

2018  Atrial fibrillation  

2016  Hypertension  

2016  Acute coronary syndromes (currently being updated by the Heart Foundation in partnership with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) 

2012  Absolute cardiovascular disease risk (currently being updated by the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance)

Explore our Heart Health Check toolkit, developed to support general practices to implement absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment as part of routine patient care. You can also view our lipid management information and resources

Position and consensus statements

The Heart Foundation position and consensus statements provide recommendations based on the latest evidence, on specific aspects of cardiovascular care in the Australian context.

Find links to our position and consensus statements, including relevant tools and resources, below.

2021 Position statement: Smoking and vaping cessation

2021 Coronary artery calcium scoring for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in Australia   

2020 Position statement on cardiac rehabilitation: Face-to-face and telehealth delivery options

2020 Cardiovascular disease and COVID-19: Australian/New Zealand consensus statement  

2020 Cardiovascular disease risk assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged under 35 years

View our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples information and resources for healthcare professionals.  

2013 Screening, referral and treatment for depression in patients with coronary heart disease  

Nutrition position statements and nutrition evidence summaries and reviews, on topics such as heart healthy eating patterns, meat, eggs, dairy, salt and alcohol. 

Physical activity guidelines, position statements and resources.

We have also developed information and resources specific to women and heart disease. 

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) brings together five non-government health organisations to prevent chronic disease in Australia. As a member of ACDPA, the Heart Foundation contributes to the development of numerous position statements on topics including obesity and chronic disease, alcohol taxation, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Find out more about the ACDPA and access their position statements.

Heart Health Network newsletter

The Heart Health Network is the Heart Foundation’s newsletter for healthcare professionals, delivered to your inbox once a month.

Sign up to the newsletter

Last reviewed on 23/07/21

You might also be interested in

Australian Heart Maps

Australian Heart Maps

Australian Heart Maps

Our Heart Maps allow you to take a closer look at heart disease indicators across Australia....

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Atrial fibrillation interactive tools from the guidelines

Atrial fibrillation interactive tools from the guidelines

Atrial fibrillation interactive tools from the guidelines

These tools and algorithms are for healthcare professionals and have been developed from the Australian Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation 2018. ...

Alcohol action plan

Alcohol action plan

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

Ask the experts: caring for people with CVD during COVID-19...

Absolute CVD risk calculator

Absolute CVD risk calculator

The Absolute CVD risk calculator estimates the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years....

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Information and resources for health professionals who are treating patients between 18 - 40 years of age....

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

Diabetes action plan

Diabetes action plan

Order patient resources online

Order patient resources online

Search and order from our range of printed patient resources online. ...

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Could you be at risk of heart disease? Get your estimated heart age now....

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Environment, climate change and heart health

Environment, climate change and heart health

Environment, climate change and heart health

Information on how air pollution, heatwaves and bushfires can impact heart health, and what you can do to look after yourself. ...

Our research stories

Our research stories

Our research stories

We fund amazing researchers who have important stories to tell...

National tobacco strategy

National tobacco strategy

Frameworks supporting tobacco control in Australia ...

Australian Heart Maps

Australian Heart Maps

Australian Heart Maps

Our Heart Maps allow you to take a closer look at heart disease indicators across Australia....

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity information for professionals...

Physical activity resources

Physical activity resources

Physical activity resources

Resources for health professionals interested in physical activity....

Key Statistics: Cardiovascular Disease

Key Statistics: Cardiovascular Disease

Statistics and information on Cardiovascular disease in Australia. ...

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Statistics and information on heart attack in Australia...

State based advocacy

State based advocacy

State based advocacy activity supporting local communities...

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

Statistics and information on heart failure in Australia ...

Heart Foundation Tick

Heart Foundation Tick

Heart Foundation Tick

The Tick Program has made a substantial contribution to the health of Australians over the past 26 years....

Cardiac rehabilitation resources for healthcare providers

Cardiac rehabilitation resources for healthcare providers

Useful cardiac rehabilitation resources for health professionals....

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Information and resources for health professionals who are treating patients between 18 - 40 years of age....

For professionals: Online education and training

For professionals: Online education and training

Online courses for health professionals focused on improving cardiovascular care. ...

Key Statistics: Coronary Heart Disease

Key Statistics: Coronary Heart Disease

Statistics and information on coronary heart disease in Australia ...

National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

The national heart and stroke action plan aims to identify and prioritise action to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke....

WEBINAR | Lipids in the limelight: clinical update on screening and management

WEBINAR | Lipids in the limelight: clinical update on screening and management

Key Statistics: Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

Key Statistics: Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network is the Heart Foundation’s newsletter for health professionals delivered to your inbox once a month....

The NSW Cardiac Rehabilitation Working Group

The NSW Cardiac Rehabilitation Working Group

Blueprint for an active Australia 

Blueprint for an active Australia 

Blueprint for an active Australia 

The Blueprint for an active Australia provides evidence-based actions to help address physical inactivity....

Driving Best Practice CVD Prevention in a Post-COVID World

Driving Best Practice CVD Prevention in a Post-COVID World

Driving Best Practice CVD Prevention in a Post-COVID World

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Full list of clinical guidlines and references for CVD, heart failure, ACS, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, SCAD and RHD...

Find a cardiac rehabilitation service near you

Find a cardiac rehabilitation service near you

This cardiac services directory presents information on cardiac rehab programs offered across Australia....

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Advice from young people living with a heart condition....

Heart health submissions to Government

Heart health submissions to Government

Every day we are lobbying government and industry to improve heart health....

Smoking and tobacco regulation

Smoking and tobacco regulation

There are still more than 20,000 deaths caused by smoking every year....

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Improving the design of our cities, towns, streets and buildings makes it easier for Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....